Parents' Memo: March 26, 2004

"The way to uplift a man is first to remind him of the glorious aspects of his character and so gain a sympathetic response. The second step is to point out at once some delicate feature in the situation."-Maharishi

Next week is Spring Vacation, which means that there will be No School from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2nd. I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing week, and that the weather is ideal so all can fully enjoy the spring season. On Friday, during the announcements, the children were reminded to be regular in their twice daily practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique or Maharishi's Children's technique. They were told that maximum bliss and enjoyment comes from that balance of rest and activity.


PARENT/ TEACHER CONFERENCES


This is another reminder that Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, April 15th in the afternoon and Friday, April 16th all day. At these times, there will be no school for grades 1-6. Please note that Kindergarten will be in session Thursday morning, but not on Friday, April 16th. I really encourage all of you to attend the conference with your child's teacher, as it is an excellent opportunity to review your child's progress and development over the past several months. You may begin calling the Lower School office right after Spring Break to schedule an appointment. I also wanted to remind you to take the time during conferences to view the Spring Art Show which will be on display outside each classroom. The students' artwork express exceptional creativity and are a delight to see. Thank you to art teacher Karen Valentine for inspiring our children to achieve greatness!


FRIDAY ASSEMBLY

The Friday Assembly last week celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a concert given by Tim Britton. Tim, outfitted in a Scottish kilt, not only delighted his young audience with Irish tunes and stories, but also introduced the children to his traditional instruments-the Scottish bagpipes, cyllian pipes and penny whistle.
As always, the Friday Assembly began with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers. Award recipients on March 19th were: Michael Corazza and Nathaniel Zhu from the Primary boys class; and Chris Jones from the Intermediate boys class. Mrs. Balf received an award from her Primary boys for being such a fun and loving teacher.
Congratulations to everyone!

SPRING FUNDRAISER

Only 5 weeks left!
Now is the time for everyone to help to sell tickets to our Spring Fundraiser, Night of 1000 Prizes. Every day more prizes are being donated for this great event, which will allow everybody to win something. If you need brochures and tickets, they are available at the Domes and at School. Please call us at 472-0094, if you have any questions. . And please remember, that 100% of your ticket purchase goes toward your fundraising requirement.

PARENT KNOWLEDGE MEETINGS

"Applying Maharishi's Principles of Ideal Teaching to Parenting"
These interactive meetings will be presented by Dr. Chris Jones and Laura Bordow at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower School Library on Wednesday, April 7th, Thursday, April 15th, Wednesday, April 21st, and Thursday, April 29th.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION (Click here for photos )

Congratulations to our two fifth grade D.I. teams. Both teams emerged from the State Competition as State Champions! Both teams will be attending global finals in Tennessee. This is the first time in ten years that Maharishi School has sent two fifth grade teams to a World Competition. We are very proud of this achievement.
The fifth grade girls also earned a special award for their outstanding teamwork and coherence. Congratulations!

This was another outstanding year for our Destination ImagiNation program. Maharishi School is sending five teams to the Global Finals Competition. Other first place teams are the 7th grade boys, the 8th grade boys, and the Upper School "Structure" team. The secondary team in the "Technical Challenge" earned second place. Congratulations to all of our fine teams!


STUDENT WORK

Please enjoy two of Ms. Boone's sixth grade girls' essays on the purpose of SCI:

"The purpose of SCI is to help us to understand the laws of nature. For example, we can see rest and activity in nature with the seasons. Rest and activity are also important in our own lives; they help us to stay healthy and keep our brain clear.
SCI also helps us live each day by giving us the intelligence to go to school and learn anything that we might need to know throughout the rest of our lives.
One SCI quality that we see in our lives is adaptability. The purpose of adaptability is important, because it makes us creative in our own lives. When we use adaptability, it allows us to make choices that keep us aware, happy and confident. To sum it all up, the purpose of SCI is to have the knowledge of how to live within the laws of nature that we witness every day."
by Aimee Jones

"When I was beginning to think about why Maharishi School teaches the SCI Fundamentals of Growth and the SCI Priciples, I asked myself what it would be like if I was never taught these important values. I don't know exactly what it would be like if I didn't know how to meditate or have the knowledge of SCI, because I've lived with all of that surrounding me all of my life. But I would probably think that only the material things were important, and I would focus more on the negative, rather than looking below the surface in everything to find the good. The real purpose of having SCI in our lives is so eventually we can integrate all of the knowledge they teach us, so our lives will become better. We will look at things more deeply, because we have a better and more profound understanding of things.
The Fundamentals of Growth inspire us to live up to them and incorporate them into our lives, so we can evolve to our full potential as a student and a person. So, in conclusion, the reason they teach us SCI is so we will live happier, more enlightened lives."
by Shana Silverman



GARDEN CORNER

The Maharishi School Greenhouse has greens galore growing, and we will begin picking and selling for our community. Look for baskets of fresh greens on Tuesday, April 6th at 3:20 p.m., near the bus stop in the school parking lot. Anyone interested in helping to pick or sell vegetables should please contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743.

Maharishi School will be awarded a $250 grant from the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) to construct a butterfly garden. The garden, located in front of the greenhouse, will be designated as a NWF "Schoolyard Habitat". Ms. Zmachinsky's 5th grade girls will be planting and helping to maintain the garden, and the entire school will contribute to and learn from the garden in many ways.
The garden is a good size and will require many plants. Perennial plant divisions and any other contributions would be greatly appreciated. We are also hoping to adorn the garden with interpretive signs, butterfly houses, a viewing bench, large rocks, trellises, etc. Anyone interested in contributing to this project can contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Spring Break Dates: Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 2nd.
  • Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Assembly Hall, and hours are 8:30-9:40 a.m. daily..
  • Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472-9400, x1174 so we have the most up-to-date information.
  • 2004-2005 Registration Packets: Were mailed out this week. As indicated in the packet, all financial aid applications are due at FAIR no later than April 15th. If you do not receive your packet by Wednesday, March 27th, please call the Administrative Office at 472-9400, ext.1.
  • School Bus Effort: The School received a donation toward the purchase of a school bus from the Dr. Scholl Foundation of Northbrook, Illinois. We are required to match the donation dollar for dollar. The Middle and Upper School parents have been sending in the requested $25/child donations.
    We would also like to ask the Lower School parents to please donate for this effort as well. Although younger children do not use the school bus very often, as they grow and enter Middle and Upper School, the children will benefit from a safe and reliable bus for transporting them to academic and sporting events. Please send your $25 donation to:
    Grants Office
    Maharishi School
    804 North Third StreetFairfield, Iowa 52556
    Thank you for your generosity and consideration of our fund- raising efforts

    Have a great weekend!

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